Misconceptions abound about Electric Cars...
Electric cars can go long distances between charges.
The distance is directly related to the type and quantity of batteries used. There are lots of choices.
-The 100% electric Aptera gets what would equate to about 300 mpg.
Recharging electric cars does not have to be slow.
I'm forgetting the name of the company, but I recently saw listed in a magazine one pure electric car which you could order today that can charge fully in 10 minutes, and it travels for about 260 to 300 miles between charges. That would certainly cover my daily Wisconsin driving, and I could certainly stand that recharge time.
Recharging batteries won't sap the electric power grid. It doesn't use anywhere near the power air conditioning uses...not even close. Most people who have and use electric vehicles only notice a couple dollars more on their monthly electric bill...its insignificant.
Most methods that we produce electricity are more highly regulated and better controlled (producing less pollution) than any other form of power. So using 100% electric vehicles produces less pollution compared to other forms of vehicular power. Hydrogen takes too much power to create and is somewhat dangerous to store. Its amazing how many battery powered devices we use, but we just don't make the leap to use it for vehicles...(probably because the gas powered vehicle industry is so pervasive). Gasoline was a waste product left over from heating fuel production. Electric vehicles were around as long or longer than gasoline vehicles, but the industry drove gasoline (waste product usage) and left the electric vehicle technology to stagnate.
Electric cars are not slow.
Again, the speed and acceleration capabilities are directly related to how one builds it...what type and quantity of batteries used.
This site[/url] lists several types of internal combustion vehicles that have been converted to all electric vehicles. In an electric car there is nothing between standing still and having full power available...no gears to shift through, no revving up the engine...full power is instantly available...yet it is still quite. In fact very few cars can beat the speed of an electric car. Porsche Carrera GT Vs. Electric Car Wrightspeed X1 Also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXJWNzFR_QQ
As I understand it, Alan Cocconi is the man that GM hired as a consultant to build the EV1. After the EV1, Alan went on to found a company called AC Propulsion which has come up with many excellent electric vehicle technologies. http://www.acpropulsion.com/vehicles/all.htm They even came up with a way to take an all electric vehicle on cross-country trips, using a generator in a small, easily maneuverable trailer.
Basically, 100% electric vehicles are very efficient (if built right) and it is a wonder that we're not producing them more today. It makes you want to convert your own internal combustion engine vehicle to pure electric now. It can be done and many people are doing it today. It's gaining more popularity now. Hybrids still have gasoline components which still break down and continue to promote the internal combustion engine industry. Shifting to 100% electric is a drastic change that will disrupt our current industry.
Honestly, I think that if you seriously study the technologies, pure electric vehicles would be the choice of most people...as seen by the growing number of people that are converting their ICE vehicles to pure electric vehicles.